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SEPTEMBER 2018: PART ONE – VIENNA, AUSTRIA

I spent the past weekend exploring three new countries on a short solo adventure. After the fun coach trip from Cardiff to Gatwick with National Express (£16), day one saw me land in Vienna, Austria. A country in all honesty I have never really thought about visiting but it was such a cool place.

I departed from London, Gatwick with a relatively new budget airline known as LEVEL (£46). Although a delay in take off this airline did not disappoint showcasing a menu full of Austrian snacks and drinks as well as USB charging which I have never experienced on a budget short haul. I would definitely fly with this airline again!
43058604_532876857138274_8922602946064023552_n.jpgArriving in Vienna I decided to splash the cash on the CAT (City Airport Train) (€11) which gets you to the city centre in 16 minutes and the 24 Vienna Travel Ticket (€8)
which allows unlimited on the cities travel network which was definitely worth the investment.

I booked one nights stay in Hostel Ruthensteiner (£19.06) making use of a 10% off coupon on hotels.com, not the most low cost for Vienna but definitely the best. I’ve never felt more welcomed at a hostel! Workers and other travellers were friendly, I wish I could have stayed longer!
43168406_250579699135746_1228430457054429184_n.jpgWhen I go away I like to do what the locals do and one of the Austrians past times is my favourite sport – Ice Hockey! So I spent my evening watching the Vienna Capitals v Moser Medical Graz 99ers. The ticket cost €18 which is a pretty standard price for European hockey. Good atmosphere, Great food and not a bad overall first game in Austria!

The next day before my coach to Country #2. I spent exploring the cities sights making use of my travel pass. Highlights were KugelMugel an Austrian Micronation that declared Independence in the late 70s and the view from the top of Vienna’s famous Ferris Wheel aka Wiener Riesenrad (€10).
43049781_466888593822306_8603502470997475328_nI also love checking out fast food in other countries especially, when the likes of Mcdonald’s has menu items you have never seen before. You just HAVE to try them! Biscoff Mcflurry, Rice crispy-esque coated chicken selects and waffle fries = 10/10. The Austrians national snacks and drinks were awesome too. I’d definitely recommend trying Almdulder and local bakeries!


Even though my time in Vienna was short, I definitely want to head back and explore more of this country.

PART TWO – COUNTRY #2 UP NEXT!

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SIMPLE TRAVEL SAVING TIPS (PART ONE POINT FIVE – THE DESTINATION VIA LAND OR SEA)

So after the first post where I suggested flying to and from different cities or countries in order to save costs and see more, I didn’t actually explain how to do this.

For example this could be flying from London to Riga, Latvia but to save yourself some money you fly back to London from Helsinki, Finland. So how do you do this? when you have to travel across land and ocean?!IMG_9013

                                             THE DESTINATION VIA LAND OR SEA

(i) Still check in with your best mate SKYSCANNER!
Depending on your travel plans it could work out cheaper to fly. Many flights between countries such as Poland <-> Norway can be very low cost and sometimes under £10!!!

But if you looking to take the more scenic route and see more of a country here are the ways I try to cut costs!

(ii) Again, use comparison sites
Using sites such as GoEuro will give you the cheapest travel option for Buses, Trains and Flights, while Direct Ferries will give you the cheapest ocean travel.

I always check the actual travel lines website as well as sometimes this can be cheaper, not all bus companies are included on comparison sites and many comparison websites don’t offer Student or Youth discounts.

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Flixbus – Bratislava to Vienna = £4.99
LuxExpress – Tallinn, Estonia to Riga, Latvia = £9.99
Scandinavian Rail  – Stockholm to Gothenburg = £17
Tallink – Ferry from Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia = £17

(iii) the YOUTH and STUDENT Option
Not applicable to those over 25/26 or people who aren’t students. But for those who this applies to, make use of this option when offered as this could save you travel costs.
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(iiii) Travel overnight
This can help you save you money on a nights accommodation and there are occasions where overnight travel can work out cheaper than travelling throughout the day.
I usually opt for the overnight option on longer journeys as this gives you more time to explore as you are not stuck travelling during the day!

NEXT UP WILL ACTUALLY BE ACCOMMODATION!

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SIMPLE TRAVEL SAVING TIPS (PART ONE – THE DESTINATION)

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Travel has quickly grown to become one of my favourite passions. Nothing makes me more happy then being able to visit new countries, explore new cultures and raid the supermarkets of local snacks and chocolate especially when I have got the most for my money.

But I don’t think many people realise that there are ways you can travel for cheaper and still see the world without breaking the bank.

This blog series is going to cover my tips on how you can also save on flights, accommodation, getting around and more! So that you are able to put that saved money towards future travels.

 

                                                     PART ONE – THE DESTINATION

(i) Travel anywhere at anytime.
Be open to countries you haven’t considered visiting. Even consider visiting lesser known cities as this can help keep costs down, give you a better experience of local culture and could turn out to be one of your favourite places! Also willing to go at anytime of the year could also save you.

(ii) SKYSCANNER is probably my best friend.
Using comparison websites like Skyscanner and Travel Republic help by listing the cheapest options possible for your desired destination from any departure airport in your country.

My preferred site is Skyscanner as it is very easy to use and USUALLY has the cheapest flights. Skyscanner include all potential destinations from your chosen departure and lists them from low to high cost.
They also offer direct and non-direct flights which can also help you save, if you don’t mind longer travel times. JUST REMEMBER TO DELETE THOSE COOKIES BEFORE BOOKING!!!!IMG_0414
(iii)
 One way tickets > Returns 
Choosing to book one way tickets to/from different cities in a specific country (or even a another country) can also help keep costs down, while giving you the opportunity to explore further.
Also flying to/from different cities in your home country can help keep costs down.
THIS ALSO WORKS WITH FLIGHTS OUTSIDE THE EU

My Example – August 2017
Bristol –> Warsaw (£20 – RYANAIR)
Warsaw –> Oslo Torp (£8.99 – RYANAIR)
Copenhagen –> London Stansted (£17.99 – RYANAIR)
TOTAL 3 FLIGHTS = £46.98 !!!

My Example – Baltic Getaway January 2018
London Gatwick -> Tallinn, Estonia (£33.77 – EASYJET)
Riga, Latvia -> London Luton (£16.99 – WIZZ AIR)
TOTAL 2 FLIGHTS= £50.76 !!!

(iiii) Hold Luggage? Whats that?
Learn to pack light. Making use of an airlines cabin bag policy can help you save further. I can fit 7 nights worth of clothing in this rucksack which is well within budget airlines baggage policies.IMG_9573

Example of Clothing packed in this rucksack
2 Shirts, 7-10 T-shirts, 1 Spare pair of trainers or shoes, 1x Jeans, 1x Shorts, 7-10 Boxers, 7-10 Socks and 1 Towel. Room in front pocket for Charging cables and medication (This list doesn’t include the clothes I was wearing which included – T-shirt, Shorts, Trainers, Hoodie and Raincoat)

 

PACKING CHEAT’S
ROLL UP T-SHIRTS AND UNDERWEAR
PUT SOCKS IN SPARE TRAINERS
ATTACH HEAD WEAR TO RUCKSACK
PUT COAT OR HOODIE THROUGH BACK STRAPS

I think those are all the ways I try to save when flying to my destinations
NEXT UP: PART TWO – THE ACCOMMODATION

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